November 07, 2023

Gavel with scales and bookThe Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Catholic Law) hosted a panel of appellate court staff attorneys Wednesday, November 1, to discuss career positions at various appellate courts. Cosponsored by Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL), the event presented five guest panelists, who informed students about the respective career trajectories that brought them to appellate court positions, as well as the numerous pathways that students themselves could pursue to work at such courts.

On behalf of SPIL, Kali Fields (2L) introduced the afternoon’s panel, comprised of Jessica Barnett, judicial law clerk in the Indiana Court of Appeals; Greg Hilton ’95, clerk of the Supreme Court of Maryland; Jennifer Goodwin Shircliff, staff attorney for the Indiana Supreme Court Services; Cliffie Wesson, general counsel for the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas, Texas; and Joshua Wolinsky, senior law clerk for Judge Scott Laurer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The panel then spoke to an audience of around fifty students.

The event was followed by a Q&A, where students could engage directly with the panelists.